Cherokee Wax bean Seeds
Our earliest variety. This All-America Winner is vigorous, productive and dependable during adverse weather. Oval pods are 6" long, light yellow, tasty and stringless. Upright habit keeps the pods clean.
Bush Bean 'Cherokee Wax' is a stringless variety of dwarf bush bean that produces bright yellow pods to about 15cm in length.
About Cherokee Wax Bean: Cherokee Wax, first available to the public in 1947, comes from the research department of Clemson University in South Carolina. This bean comes from a strain that yields very vigorously and resists disease, and was distinguished with the AAS Award in 1948. "Wax" is a term originally from New England that has come to refer to any bean that grows yellow in color.
Cherokee Wax Bean Germination: Direct sow seeds in rich, well drained soil in full sun at least a week after the last expected frost, since beans are quite sensitive to cold. If you have never planted beans in your garden before, treat the seeds with a powder inoculant to allow the process of nitrogen fixation to begin. Plant them 1" deep and 3-6" apart, in rows about 2' apart; press down the earth above them for good soil contact. These seeds rot easily in wet soil, so do not over water them. Germination should take place 7-10 days after planting. For companion planting benefits, plant bush beans near carrots, cucumbers, or corn; avoid planting them near onions.
Growing Cherokee Wax Bean Seeds: After germination, maintain soil moisture; beans have shallow roots, and need water at least once a week if the weather is dry. Mulching the plants helps conserve moisture and discourages weeds.
Harvesting Cherokee Wax Bean: Expect your first beans about ten weeks after germination. Daily harvesting improves production; for best flavor and tenderness, pick the beans when they are no larger than a pencil in thickness. Serve or preserve the same day you harvested them for the freshest taste.
Saving Cherokee Wax Bean Seeds: Near the end of the growing season, allow the beans to dry completely on the vine; the pods will be light brown, and the seeds will rattle inside. Remove the seeds from the pods. After the seeds are completely dry, store them in a cool, dry place for up to a year.
Detailed Cherokee Wax Bean Info: Phaseolus vulgaris. Annual. 55 days. 70 seeds per oz. 12-24" plant height. 3-6" spacing. These yellow wax beans have black seeds, and grow 5-6" long.
Cherokee Wax beans are best harvested young when they are at their most tender and crisp. Can be blanched lightly and added to salads, steamed or stir-fried. Provides an interesting contrast when chopped and mixed with regular green beans. Also enjoyable when eaten raw in moderation.
Plant the seeds 2.5cm deep, spaced 8cm apart in rows. Allow extra space between rows to enable an easier harvest. In temperate regions sow during early Spring as soon as the last frost has past. In the subtropics the seed can be sown all year round although avoid sowing in December and January when fungal rusts and bean flies are at their most active. In tropical regions the seed should be sown from April to August in the dry season to avoid the pest problems of the wet season. .
Bush bean plants can sometimes produce pods all at once so it's important to stagger the sowing of seed across the entire growing seasons to avoid a glut and ensure that fresh beans are always available to pick. Bush bean plants don't need to be staked but pod-laden plants may fall over in strong winds. To prevent this you can stake each plant or alternatively support the entire row between two lines of string on either side of the plants held in place by stakes at each end of the row. This variety takes about 9 weeks from sowing the seed to harvest time. Beans are one of the easiest garden vegetables to grow and even children will enjoy growing these beans. Beans prefer being planted in well-drained soil in a full sun position, sheltered from any strong winds which could otherwise cause damage to the plants.
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